How Do I Become A Member
Membership in local congregations of The United Methodist Church comes with four different labels.
Baptized members are people who have been baptized by water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and who wish to be (or in the case of infants and children - are sponsored to be) members of a local congregation of the United Methodist Church using the whole of Baptismal Covenant I or II.
Professing members are those who have professed the faith of this church themselves, using the language and ritual of Baptismal Covenant I. (Note: As of the 2004 Book of Discipline, the vows printed in Baptismal Covenant I, II and IV must be used for professing membership in this church. Baptismal Covenant III should thus no longer be used unless the Disciplinary vows are used in place of those printed. See Book of Discipline 2004, paragraph 217).
Both of those categories of membership represent people who are members both of The United Methodist Church and of St. Andrew's congregation.
Affiliate members are professing members of another United Methodist Church who may be temporarily far from their home congregation and wish to connect with the life, ministry, and watch-care of a congregation nearer to where they now are for a time.
Associate members are people who have been baptized by water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in another Christian denomination, wish to connect with a local United Methodist Church, but wish to retain their current denominational affiliation rather than become professing members of The United Methodist Church